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No joke: Two Premium Bonds holders scoop £1m April jackpot

Paloma Kubiak
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Paloma Kubiak

Two Premium Bonds holders have scooped the life-changing £1m jackpot this April, with one saver only buying the winning number in June last year.

The first of the two new Premium Bonds millionaires hails from Somerset and holds the maximum £50,000.

They bought their winning bond – 236TZ340702 – in December 2014.

The second winner is based in Croydon, south London, and they hold £25,000 in the NS&I product.

But, they scoop the life-changing sum after buying the winning bond in June 2022 – 503VL397852.

Another lucky holder from Wandsworth with just £1,000 has also scooped £100,000, while a resident of Cleveland was also one of 62 lucky savers who bagged £100,000 with a holding of just £5,004.

Jill Waters, NS&I retail director, said: “A massive congratulations to our two winners from Somerset and Croydon who must have been delighted that their visit from Agent Million was not an April Fool’s joke.

“One of this month’s winners has won £1 million with Premium Bonds after just ten months, whilst the other waited nearly ten years to hit the jackpot. This just goes to show that, whether it is months or years, customers up and down the country can win big and feel the magic of Premium Bonds.

“Buying Premium Bonds is a fun way to save as customers have the chance to win one of over five million prizes. With just £25, people can begin their Premium Bonds journey and can start saving today for a better tomorrow. Don’t forget to keep your contact details up to date so that Agent Million can find you.”

Checking prizes

While the jackpot winners find out on the first working day of the month, for everyone else, you can check if you have won a prize in April’s prize draw by using the nsandi.com prize checker, official prize checker app or an Alexa-enabled device from Tuesday 4 April 2023.

Customers will need their Premium Bonds holder’s number to use the website and the NS&I number or holder’s number to check via the prize checker app. At the same time, you can check for any unclaimed prizes.

In the April prize draw, a total of 5,018,744 prizes worth £331.1m will be paid out.

There were 120.4 billion bond numbers eligible for the draw. Since the first draw in July 1957, ERNIE (Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment) has drawn 616 million prizes with a total value of £25.3bn.

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